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Comparing the Salem Witch Trials, Nazi Germany, and the Red Scare

- In the novel The Crucible, Arthur Miller paints an image in the reader’s mind of the brutality that ensued in the Salem, Massachucettes Witch Trials and ventures into the personal stories of both the victims and the people who initiated the entire catastrophe. History is constantly repeating itself, this becomes apparent by comparing the Salem Witch Trials, Nazi Germany, and the Communist scare in America. When Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible, he kept in mind what some thoughtlesslessly assumed to be an ever expanding Communist revolution and utilized some of the corrupt problems throughout those years in his play....   [tags: comparison compare contrast 2014]

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The Great Witch Hunt

- Humanity had gone through a number of challenges that tested our beliefs and morals throughout history. In 1692, our humanity was tested in a significant manner when the Great Salem Witch Hunt erupted on the puritans of colonial America. Fear spread among the people and the drive to get rid of the bad was strong, causing many innocent people to be killed. These type of events repeats itself throughout the course of time. It is as if we humans are oppressed for a certain amount of decades and then once fear takes root in our society, we act harshly upon it, as if releasing emotions of desire for personal freedom....   [tags: Salem, Massachussets witch trials]

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Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne

- In Nathaniel Hawthorne's “Young Goodman Brown”, he recreates a time most recalled of the Puritans: the Salem witch trials. He includes multiple historical names associated with the trial, some of them even of his own ancestry. These historical facts are important to his story because it builds a sense of apprehension, doubt and superstition in the reader, while containing tangible connections to reality. It also allows contemporary readers to examine the issues and see the repercussions of such a belief system and the impact it can and did have....   [tags: witch trials, Abigail Williams]

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Persuasive Speech: Salem Witch Trials Persuasive Speech

- Specific Purpose Statement: To persuade my audience to stop the witch-hunts Character: Concerned citizen of Salem just before the hanging of Rebecca Nurse and John Proctor Concerned citizens of Salem, if it were a good mornin' I would bid you that, however it is not. This mornin' a grave injustice is looming like the grey clouds before a storm. This morning we will bear witness to yet another brutal and senseless murder of two innocent Christians, Rebecca Nurse and John Proctor. Ladies and gentlemen, for four long months the very court that proposed to protect us from all evil has deceived us and in fact perpetuated the evil doings running rife throughout our fair town....   [tags: Example Persuasive Speech]

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The Accusation of Witches in Puritan, New England

- The American weakness in times of trouble is the instinctive act of finding a scapegoat. Stemming from the Calvinistic religious beliefs of the Puritans who immigrated to America, anything that strays from the predestined lives of these puritanical people is the result of sin. The ideas of "original sin" and "predestination" are at the heart of Calvinism. Thus, the Calvinist Puritans have their lives planned out for them by God before birth and anything that disrupts that plan must be eradicated....   [tags: Salem Witch Trials, Witch Hunt]

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The Test Of Salem

- The Tests of Salem The Crucible is a play, which brings attention to many timeless issues. The nature of good and evil, power and its corruption, honor and integrity and irony are all brought up in Arthur Miller's The Crucible. Irony what doe sit men. Irony means incongruity between what is expected to happen and what actually occurs. In The Crucible there are three different aspects of irony. Irony is present through many scenes of the play and it is very important to the outcome of the story....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Explain John Proctor's Struggle with his Conscience

- Explain John Proctor's Struggle with his Conscience Conscience The conscience, the knowledge of right and wrong that affects actions and behaviour; the senses of guilt or virtue indeed by actions, behaviour etc. An innermost thought. (PH English dictionary) John Proctor has a terrible struggle with his conscience, particularly towards the end of the play. John proctors conscience is tell him that he shouldn't give into the pressure of the court, that he should stand proud and not tell the court lies....   [tags: Salem Witch Trials The Crucible Essays]

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The Witches Of Salem

- When I started reading, my impression was that this whole witchcraft test would be rather childish, and aimed toward elementary students. As I took the test the first time, I was feeling as if parts of it were somewhat pointless. Then as the test progressed on it started to get better. However, when I chose not to confess to something I didn’t do, I felt as if the was a little bit of a problem with the reasoning of these people. They didn’t let me get a word in edgewise, and on top of that, the judges seemed to favor the girls and only their opinions....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Salem vs McCarthyism

- Imagine you are called in by an official of your government. He sits you down in a chair and informs you that you have been accused of something terrible, something that everyone in your city fears. You defend yourself and tell him that you had nothing to do with this crime. The official says he believes you, but in order to let you leave, you have to give him the name of someone you know who has committed this crime. You know of no one who would commit such a heinous crime, but the official refuses to let you go until you give him a name....   [tags: U.S. History ]

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Let Us Grieve for the Women of Salem

- Featured in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is a powerful dynamic between the levels of a maintained social hierarchy. There are shifts in the social hierarchy in the town of Salem even though the social hierarchy has been maintained and has existed for a long length of time. The attempts on this maintained structure are met with powerful retaliations that draw in all the members of the town of Salem, resulting in the deaths of many woman and men in the town. The Crucible reflects on the historical context of this struggle and shows what would happen if the status quo were changed....   [tags: Arthur Miller's The Crucible citicism]

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- Witchcraft For nearly two centuries, witchcraft seemed to have disappeared. Although it was driven underground for a time, it is now the fastest growing religion in the United States. There are several reasons for its disappearance and now, for its return. Until the fifteenth century, witchcraft was not considered an "evil" practice. It was about that time that the Catholic church started labeling witches as heretics and sinners because of their belief in social rebellion. The idea of social rebellion was also a rebellion against the church, which taught that "It was the duty of the common people to endure the tyranny of authority, no matter how oppressive." (Donovan 118) There were a...   [tags: Papers]

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Personal and Social Struggles within Salem

- Personal and Social Struggles Within Salem Although a strict society composed of high morality and disciplinary laws may be necessary for safety, it causes internal conflicts within the individuals. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, , a theocracy rules in Salem and attempts to guide the citizens to do what is “right,”, but this eventually backfires because of issues of reputation and jealousy. Society has a lot of influence on the citizens, and when one has a bad reputation, it becomes nearly impossible to live in a Puritan society....   [tags: Arthur Miller's The Crucible]

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The Salem, Massachusetts Witch Trails of 1692

- During the 1600's, our country was young and starting to grow. Man believed in the paranormal and thought my things were either and act of God or Satan. The pilgrims believed the Devil was alive and planned to destroy the pilgrims. At that point in time, those who practiced Christianity believed that the Devil could give his worshipers special powers to harm others in return for his loyalty; they were called witches. In 1692, dark times shadowed the small village of Salem, Massachusetts, it was the beginning of the dreaded Salem witch trials....   [tags: court, death, beliefs, devil]

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Reverend Parris in the Salem Witch Trails

- As minister of the town he was well respected and had the responsibility of instructing the “word of god” and guiding people on the right path. However, he doesn’t do this when he lets Abigail get away with dancing in the forest, which was permitted in the puritan society. He should have took on the teacher role he was given and teach Abigail discipline by making her face the consequence of doing what is not permitted. When navigating some pretty challenging waters, teenagers have a tendency of lying as a way to get attention, to make themselves seem more powerful or attractive to others, or to get sympathy or support....   [tags: society, permit, dance, consequence]

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Salem Trial in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- ... Furthermore it is telling him he shouldn't lie to the court and then his death can be a proud one because he spoke up. However his natural instinct, is telling him to lie. It’s telling him let people loose respect for you at least you will be alive. If he lied he will be able to grow old with his wife, see his children grow up, but he will be forever disrespected. As we continue to read throughout the book, we notice the true colors of certain characters such as Abigail Williams. Abigail is a very intelligent, persuasive, malicious young woman....   [tags: elf- preservation and self-dignity, fear]

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Witch Hunts: Then and Now

- As empirical evidence discovered by 21st-century science allows the world’s understanding of the physical universe to increase exponentially, more people grow skeptical of superstition. During the 16th and 17th centuries, however, a phenomenon of worldwide mass hysteria came out of the medieval period and swept across Europe and Colonial North America with speed. The concept of magic versus religion, specifically witchcraft, became the prominent collective-obsessional-behavior problem around the beginning of the 15th century....   [tags: The Witchcraft Phenomenon]

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The Devil, the Witches and the Victims of Salem

- The Devil, the Witches and the Victims of Salem Nineteen were hanged, seventeen died in prison, 150 were imprisoned and one was crushed to death. All of them were accused, by a group of seemingly innocent young girls, of witchcraft and wizardry. The cry of witchcraft all began in the January of 1692 in the town of Salem. Then, almost as soon as it had begun, the hysteria, that swept through Puritan Massachusetts ended. The Reverend Parris speculated that witchcraft had aroused after the strange illness and behaviour of his daughter, Betty and niece, Abigail....   [tags: Papers]

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The Visible and Invisible Worlds of Salem

- The Visible and Invisible Worlds of Salem Salem Village was one of many non-urban inhabitants. They were looked upon as country folk because of their interests and beliefs in the church and growing tobacco to survive in this new land. There was not much for children to do except go to church, work on the fields, or go to school. You can imagine how bored these children can get. In such a secluded lifestyle as this, you would be a crazy person if you were at all different, and this episode would be so different that it would be traumatic to the people of this small village....   [tags: Papers]

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Parallel in events of 1692 in Salem and McCarthy Investigation of 1950s in America

- ‘The Crucible’ is written about the witchcraft trials in Salem in 1692, it is a story full of many emotional themes, these are fear, redemption, hysteria and a choice between what is believed to be good and bad. In 1692, Puritans in Salem were in a period of suspicion and fear. People were making accusations of people conducting witchcraft due to a group of people seen dancing in the woods, this is seen as worship to the devil. These witch hunts destroyed the innocent and corrupted the accusers, the law made it impossible to find justice....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Creating Tension and Drama in the Courtroom in The Crucible

- Creating Tension and Drama in the Courtroom in The Crucible The crucible is about a mass hysteria which led to the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials. A group of young girls are caught dancing in the woods and are suspected to of been calling out to the devil. Strange things begin to happen around the local village which are then suspected to be the work of the devil. Everyone in the village is to appear in court and faced with a death sentence. This fantastic and extremely tense play is written by Arthur Miller....   [tags: The Crucible Tension Witchcraft Essays]

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The Witch Trails of Salem in The Crucible be Arthur Miller

- ... The unknown and vast darkness of witchcraft blind’s the eyes of Salem, making logic utterly useless. The narrator directly shows the silliness of the village’s decision to blame her: “As for Rebecca herself, the general opinion of her character was so high that to explain how anyone dared cry her out for a witch-and more, how adults could bring themselves to lay hands on her-we must look to the fields and boundaries of that time” (Miller 26). The phrase, “how adults could bring themselves to lay hands on her” shows that adults would have to force themselves to hurt her....   [tags: shock, accusations, religion]

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Salem Meets Dennis the Menace

- Salem Meets Dennis the Menace What’s the difference between Abigail Williams and Satin. Very little. Abigail turns life around for many innocent citizens of Salem. She took away their freedom and attacked their emotions. Abigail shows many similar qualities to Satin in The Crucible. She certainly rejects God and does what she wants to do regardless of whom it may hurt. Abigail Williams was a menace to society because she destroyed the calm community of Salem through her destructive, sinful acts....   [tags: miscellaneous]

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- ESSAY : SALEM In 1692 in Salem Massachusetts a horrible chain of events occurred. A massive witch hunt began and a tidal wave of fear and suspicion swept over the tight knit Puritan town of Salem. A small group of girls began accusing the townspeople of witchcraft and the majority of the town believed these claims and full trials were held. If the accused victims did not confess to committing witchcraft it was more than likely that they would be put to death, hung in front of the town. Arthur Miller portrays this event in his novel The Crucible....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Essay on The Crucible: Motivations for the Trials

- Motivations for the Trials in The Crucible       In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the madness of the Salem witch trials is explored in great detail. There are many theories as to why the witch trials came about, the most popular of which is the girls' suppressed childhoods. However, there were other factors as well, such as Abigail Williams' affair with John Proctor, the secret grudges that neighbors held against each other, and the physical and economic differences between the citizens of Salem Village....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The 1962 Salem Conspiracy

- During the year of 1692, the small town of Salem seems to have been in a state of panic and confusion. The book Witchcraft at Salem, by Chadwick Hansen, is about the witchcraft conspiracies the town has experienced. Hansen goes on to explore the truthfulness of the "possessed" young girls. The reason why Hansen wrote the book is to try to set straight the record of the witchcraft phenomena at Salem, Massachusetts, in the year 1692, about which much has been written and much misunderstood....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Salem Witch Hysteria

- The Salem Witch Hysteria Hundreds of years ago something, that was considered one of the darkest and most tragic events in all of American history, began in 1692; The Salem Witch Hysteria. In the beginning, before the trials ever began or were even thought of was something every witch is greatly aware of, The Inquisition. It was the catholic tribunal's way of exposing and punishing those that they called 'Religiously Unorthodox'. By 430 AD there came a civil code that ordered death sentences and cruel punishments to anyone who believed in something that was supposedly against the beliefs of Roman Catholicism....   [tags: Papers]

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The Witch Trials of 1692

- The Witch Trials of 1692 During the winter of 1692, in the small village of Salem, Massachusetts, something terrible happened. Salem Massachusetts became the center of a horrible tragedy, which changed the life of many people. It was a time of fear, because of bad crops, Indian raids, and diseases. The people of Salem Village had to blame something, or someone. The people of Salem Village accused people, and called them witches. They were accused of all those terrible things and more. Salem Village was a small, farming community with a population of 550....   [tags: American America History]

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Fear of Witchcraft as Metaphor in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Fear of Witchcraft as Metaphor in The Crucible     The Crucible uses fear of witchcraft in the America of the 1600s as a metaphor for the fear of communism that was widespread in America in the 1950s. Arthur Miller wished to show that the attitudes and behaviour of the villagers of Salem were as irrational and ill-founded as the attitude and behaviour of the committee chaired by Senator McCarthy. Essentially Miller uses the 17th century setting to provide critical distance between the events described and the emotions that they aroused....   [tags: Crucible Essays]

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Salem Witch

- Paranoia Paranoia is the underlying factor of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Samuel Parris had a great terror of Satan arming his foes to destroy both him and his church. He was obsessed with any sinfulness that he saw. Although it was not just Reverend Parris that had these beliefs. It was the paranoid society, which he was a member of. The Puritans were paranoid of being different. Conformity was a large part of their life because they were all driven into the same religion. Originality is a natural human characteristic that was stripped of their being....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Moral of Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- The Moral of Arthur Miller's The Crucible In the 17th century a group of Puritans from England immigrated to America to escape persecution for their religious beliefs. The white settlers arrived in New England in 1620, and Salem, Massachusetts had been in existence for about forty years by 1692. Salem developed as a theocracy. This was based on the coexistence of religious prayer and hard work. Entertainment, such as dancing, or any enjoyment at all was perceived as a sin. The isolation of the Puritan society created a rigid social system that did not allow for any variation in lifestyle....   [tags: The Crucible Witchcraft Arthur Miller Essays]

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Arthur Miller's Crucible Characters and Social Strife

- ... (101)” The only families rich enough to be able to buy land that is auctioned would be the Putnams and the Nurses. The Putnams were the greedy ones, desiring more land and wealth. According to Giles, Mr. Putnam devised a plan to gain George Jacob’s land. Mr. Putnam told his daughter to indict Jacobs of witchcraft. The accusation leads to a sentencing and eventually a hanging, making Jacob’s land available for auction. The people of Salem lie and do wrong to defend their own lives at the cost of their morality....   [tags: morals, punishment, salem]

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Reverend John Hale in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller, gives a glimpse into the infamous witchcraft hysteria in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. The play opens after a group of girls has been caught dancing in the woods by the town minister, Reverend Parris. When one of the girls suddenly becomes stricken with an unusual disease, the first assumption is witchcraft and John Hale is brought in. Hale, an expert of witchcraft, is called to Salem to discover the evil behind the girl’s affliction. But the longer he remains in Salem, the more he asks himself: Where does the true evil reside in Salem....   [tags: witchcraft, evil, investigation]

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The Puritan and Persecution Predicament in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller about the 1692 Salem witch trials. Arthur Miller tells the story of John Proctor; A man who is trying to save his wife and friends from wrongful accusations of being witches. He also tells the story of a misguided court whom are innocently accusing people of witchcraft in Salem. Within this play, Arthur Miller highlights main themes that occur during the trials. The Salem witch trials created many innocent deaths. In his play, Arthur Miller shows the two main themes on why the Salem witch trials caused so many deaths....   [tags: Hysteria, Witchcraft, Wrong Accusations]

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Dramatic Tension in The Crucible

- Dramatic Tension in The Crucible The play, ‘The Crucible’, illustrates how people react to mass hysteria created by a person or group of people, as people did during the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s and the Salem witch hunts of 1962. Many Americans were wrongly accused of being Communist sympathizers. The activities of the House of Un-American Activities Committee began to be linked with the witchcraft trials that had taken place in the town of Salem. This provided Miller with the catalyst to write ‘The Crucible’....   [tags: The Crucible Arthur Miller Witchcraft Essays]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Arthur Miller’s literary work, “The Crucible” focuses on historical and social influences that brought about the witch-hunt hysteria that affected Abigail, one of the main characters. Between the 15th and 18th centuries witch-hunts were a big deal. Cruelties were being performed. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller he explains in a fictional story what all these cruelties were. Innocent people were being accused. Abigail did most of the accusing in the story. The witch-hunts were a big impact in history....   [tags: Historical, Social influences, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible Play Analysis

- Arthur Miller's title for 'The Crucible' could be argued to be derived from from the name of a small piece of chemistry equipment used to melt and combine substances, a place or situation in which different elements interact to produce something new, but especially a place or occasion of severe test or trial. The play is seen as a metaphor for the Salem community which was made up of many different, conflicting events. The events which transpire cause and allow many of the characters in this enclosed space to change....   [tags: arthur miller, the crucible, Salem]

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible: An Attack on McCarthyism?

- In 1692, a group of girls living in Salem Massachusetts fell ill. Suffering from seizures and hallucinations, in extremely religious Puritan New England, the only cause seemed to be the work of the devil or his servants. The sickness ignited fears of witchcraft, and it was only a matter of time until not only the girls, but many other residents of Salem, started accusing other villagers of conspiring with the devil, and casting dark magic. By the August of 1962, nineteen people were executed by the Massachusetts government and judicial system, who were heavily influenced by religion....   [tags: communists, allegory, witch trials]

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Reverend John Hale

- In 1642 there was a hunt for witches in Salem, Massachusetts; in the 1950s there was a hunt for communists in America. Dramatist, Author Miller writes about the Salem Witch Trials in his play The Crucible. In 1692, just like in the 1950s, the congressional committees were searching for the truth, and trying to get rid of fear. Reverend John Hale was called to Salem because of his knowledge on witchcraft. Reverend John Hale was a Sensible man, who began to doubt the veracity of witnesses in the Salem Witch Trials, and became fearful in what his authority had set in motion....   [tags: salem massachusetts, communists]

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A Theoretical and Historical Comparison Debate Paper on the Beliefs and Perceptions

- Generally, when one hears the word "witchcraft" or "paganism" it is often connected to a negative belief and more times than not to a specific religious belief and practice known as "Satanism". The history associated with witchcraft beliefs and practices is vast, and filled with continuous violence and inequality among different religions and people of different cultures. Those accused of witchcraft were often executed by hanging, burned at the stake or drowned, often without any concrete evidence as noted in the Salem Witch Trials in Massachusetts....   [tags: satanism, religious beliefs, witchcraft, paganism]

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Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Architect of American Literature

- Nathaniel Hawthorne, born on Independence Day of 1807, led an unorganized childhood, transferring schools frequently. Despite all of the chaos surrounding his early life, Hawthorne gained experiences that allowed him to craft novels and short stories which later earned places as classics of American literature. Nathaniel Hawthorne was born to Elizabeth Manning Hathorne and Nathaniel Hathorne, son of an infamous judge responsible for sentencing many young girls to death for witchcraft (Whitney)....   [tags: Biography, The Scarlett Letter, Salem, History]

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Analysis of The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- In the play The Crucible, Arthur Miller shows how a repressed Puritan town in 1692 can be turned upside down when the threat of witchcraft is taken seriously. The Puritans believe the forest is where the Devil lurks, and they are fearful of the Devil. So when Parris, the town of Salem’s Reverend, catches a group of girls dancing and magic spirits in the forest, the town suspects that some sort of witchcraft is being practiced. The girls deny this accusation initially and Abigail, Reverend Parris’s niece, blames Tituba, a slave from Barbados....   [tags: crucible, arthur miller, puritans, witchcraft]

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Comparing the McCarthy Hearings and McCarthyism with The Crucible Witch Trials

- The Contrast of the Salem Witch Hunts and McCarthy Hearings Does history repeat itself. Lots of people think that the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s are a repeat of history from the Salem witch-hunts of 1692. All of the accusations were false, and also fictitious. The main reason people were blamed was so that ones who were condemning would receive their own personal gain. Both parties (McCarthy and the girls in Salem) accused people to make themselves look better to others and gain respect. They both gained respect from others, which was something they did not have a lot of, especially the girls of Salem, Massachusetts....   [tags: compare and contrast essay examples]

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The Events of 1692 in Salem and the Political Investigation of the 1950's in America

- The Events of 1692 in Salem and the Political Investigation of the 1950's in America There is a clear parallel between the events of 1692 in Salem and the political investigation of the 1950’s in America. What are the particular characteristics of this play, which makes its story timeless and universal. Timeless, universal and parallels to modern times, this is how we can describe Arthur Miller’s The Crucible as his play brought up many issues and many ways a small village can turn something so small into a mass hysteria....   [tags: Papers]

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The Crucible

- Religious people rely on other people judgements or people would rely on religious people. For instance people in the “Crucible” believed Reverend Hale accusations and judgements on other people. Reverend hale lied to get all of these people to get the people he didn’t like in trouble. Reverend Hale put his mind and used his religious powers to get what he wanted. At the end he realized everything he was doing was wrong and innocent people were dying. One of the reasons for his change of mind was the confession of John Proctor....   [tags: Puritan Culture, Salem Witch Trial]

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Fear in Salem, Massachusetts and "The Crucible"

- What do you fear in our twenty-first century society. Terrorism, inequality, losing your home, or injustice. Salem, Massachusetts during the seventeenth century feared injustices among the government. Individuals hid and lied to keep safe from being condemned as witches. This era of history is known as the Salem Witch Trials. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible explores the Salem Witch Trials while following the lives of several individuals. The fear and mistrust among the seventeenth century Salem society can be directly related to today’s twenty-first century society....   [tags: Salem Witch Trials, Crucible, ]

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Obedience Within Society : The Witch Trials of 1692

- American principles exclude a tendency towards survival of the fittest, but rather survival as a union. Throughout America’s history, examples of extreme hysteria involve support by a majority of the population. Howard Zinn expands on this idea in the novel Declarations of Independence: Cross-examining American Ideology; he states, “Historically, the most terrible things – war, genocide, and slavery – have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience” (Zinn). Subsequently, the Witch Trials of 1692 and the McCarthy trials of the 1950’s were an exploitation of hearsay, and encompassed the people’s ability to act on vengeance....   [tags: obedience, salem, mccarthy trials]

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The Dramatic Intensity of The Crucible’s Courtroom Scene

- The Dramatic Intensity of The Crucible’s Courtroom Scene In this assignment I am going to investigate the Dramatic Intensity of The Crucible’s courtroom scene. I am going to do this by exploring the language used, how the characters develop and how Arthur miller unfolds the plot to keep the reader interested and how emotion and feelings dictate the movements of the play. The Crucible is set against the backdrop of the mad hunts of the Salem witch trials in the late 17th century. It is about a town, after accusations from a few girls, which begins a mad hunt for witches that did not exist....   [tags: The Crucible Witch Trials Arthur Miller Essays]

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Witchcraft in the Salem Village and The Crucible

- Witchcraft was as a capital crime in seventeenth-century New England. A hysteria over it was caused by a group of girls. (Kent 95). Witchcraft was considered a terrible crime throughout Europe; its punishment was death by hanging or burning. (Dolan 8). Everyone in the village of Salem believed in witchcraft, and only a few have tried to use it. (Kent 18). In 1692, Salem Village hysteria was a major event in United States history, which will never be forgotten. The people of Salem were caught up in a hysteria of accusing many innocent woman of witchcraft, even though it started as just a couple young girls who had acted strangely....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- Church had an enormous influence on the Puritan religion. The colonist from New England had mainly come over for religious reasons because they did not agree with the Protestant Church of England. The colonist came to America in search of a new home and place to live where they could have a community based on their common religious beliefs. In their community, they had a closed society built around their church and activities. The Puritan life basically revolves around the church which influenced how they lived their everyday lives....   [tags: Religion, Church, Women]

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Salem Witch Trials

- Salem Village, a small town in Massachusetts, is a very peaceful society. There are small fights, like when half of the village agreed to have a church there and half of the hoi polloi who doesn’t like the idea. Still, it was a very tranquil village. People there are Puritans. Puritans are strict Christian believers. They believe that women and children are to be seen, not heard. They believe that the devils and witches have specters, and specters can attack people. Puritans blame bad crops, death of others, and dreadful events on witches....   [tags: mass hysteria]

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I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem

- "I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem" by Maryse Conde "Witchcraft-the power or practices of witches" Webster's New World Dictionary. Witchcraft is a term which sprouts many different meanings. As stated above, it is attributed to witches. But what is a witch. Probably an evil haggish-like women who has signed a pact with the devil if we think of it in the English sense. So witchcraft must be evil doings; putting curses on people to make their life miserable, using wicked spells to transform humans to frogs etc....   [tags: Witchcraft]

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Witchcraft and Piritan Salem

- In New England Puritan ideas of gender dictated acts of gender for women in terms of behavior, demeanor, and speech at home and church, in public and private. Gender roles were clearly defined and categorized women as the weaker, vulnerable sex; physically, emotionally, spiritually and morally, subordinate to men in every instance and venue. Men were the heads of the household and of the church. They ruled what were deemed the important aspects of life. Women's role in society was that of domestic; they owned no property, made no significant wage and were entirely dependent on men for their subsistence....   [tags: American History]

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The Falsely Accused Cause of The Salem Witch Trials

- Convulsions, diarrhea, vomiting, skin discoloration, hallucinations, burning and cold sensations, coma, and death are all symptoms of convulsive ergot poisoning (Coll). Ergot poisoning was said to be the cause of the bewitched behavior of the afflicted girls during the Salem witch trials; however, convulsive ergotism only occurs in places lacking vitamin A, the symptoms of ergot were not present in the girls, and the girls were most likely faking all of the symptoms that they did have. Gangrenous ergotism is the type of ergot poisoning that is contracted when there is plenty of vitamin A in the environment....   [tags: ergot poisoning, vitamin A]

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The Crucible and The Salem Witch Trials by Arthur Miller

- ... They sold everything they had and moved to Brooklyn. As a teenager, Miller would have to deliver bread every morning before school to help out the family. Yet, despite living in poverty, Miller made the best out of his childhood. Since money was an issue, Miller had to find other activities to keep him busy. In school Miller was one of the schools best athletes and participated in many school activities. Having to live in this type of poor lifestyle is what influenced his passion to make a difference in his plays....   [tags: great depression, world war II]

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Character Analysis of Elizabeth Proctor from The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Character Analysis of Elizabeth Proctor from The Crucible by Arthur Miller In the late sixteen hundreds, the fear of witchcraft was a major concern amongst New Englanders. Arthur Miller’s book, The Crucible, tells the story of a town’s obsession with accusing innocent people of witchcraft. All the accusers were young females who claimed they were attacked by demonic specters. Members of the community supposedly sent out these evil spirits, but in reality, the girls were doing it as sport....   [tags: The Crucible Arthur Miller Witch Trials Essays]

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Salem Witch Trials

- Salem Witch Trials Twenty-five people dead, an entire village on the brink of insanity, and a gathering of young girls possessed by demons defined the year 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts. What began as a childish game metamorphosed itself into mass hysteria. A combination of irresponsibility and village politics led to the demise of innocence. It has been said that children will be children, as if to imply that the natural order of life begins with the immaturity and foolishness that goes along with childhood....   [tags: Papers]

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McCarthyism versus the Salem Witch Trials

- Many people in this world are accused of crimes so absurd that when put to trial, they name others of the same crime to redirect the focus from them to others like it happens in the actual day, every year, with minor cases. McCarthyism was one of those cases that changed history, likewise the Salem Witch Trials. McCarthyism had the same effect on people, people who were accused of communism blame others to lessen their penalty like in the Salem Witch Trials, so how the Salem Witch Trials and the McCarthy Era can connects although the great difference in time....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The True Tragic Hero: The Crucible’s John Proctor

- The true tragic hero: The Crucible’s John Proctor A tragic hero is a noble man who commits a fatal flaw. The hero’s downfall is a result of their choices which leads to a punishment that exceeds the crime. “The difference between Proctor and Willy Loman is enormous; the former is the rather typical tragic hero who is defiant to the end, the latter is trapped in submission and is living a lie” (McGill 4). John Proctor is one of the main characters in The Crucible. he is married to Elizabeth Proctor and they live in Salem....   [tags: salem, hero's downfall, witchcraft]

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Salem is Coated in Pride in "The Crucible" by Aurthur Miller

- Pride: noun: a high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc. Although some might not believe it, today's society is filled with pride; from being proud of your heritage to being proud of your life in general, pride is all around. But the Catholic Church believes that pride is the absolute worst of the seven deadly sins because all a prideful person thinks of is only himself, and that is the exact opposite of what the Catholic Church teaches....   [tags: Salem, Pride, Crucible, Aurthur Miller, witches,]

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Jealousy creates Conflict in the Crucible by Arthur Miller

- “Calamities are of two kinds: misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others. In the Crucible, Arthur Miller uses various conflicts to illustrate the concept of Jealousy. Conflict; along with other key emotions it presents itself numerous times through out this storyline. From Abigail to Putnam, conflict arises in all the characters and helps to tie in with the theme of the trials. One of the most important conflicts that transpire is between Abigail and John, and Abigail’s jealously towards John’s wife Goody Proctor....   [tags: jealousy, witchcraft, trials]

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Witchcraft In Hollywood

- Witchcraft in Hollywood It is said by many that Hollywood is persuasive. People see something on television or in a motion picture and believe that what is shown is, in reality, true. Misconceptions will occur, and unless people are shown evidence against the delusions, it will be taken as fact. In the past, many groups have been poorly represented onscreen. Organizations such as the mafia, the government, the military, spies, gods, monsters, and others are just a small example of those prejudiced....   [tags: Hollywood Witchcraft ]

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Salem Witch Trials V. The McCarthy Hearings

- The McCarthy Hearings are referred to as "witch-hunts" because of their similarity to the Salem witch trials. The McCarthy hearings are trials in which Senator Joe McCarthy accuses government employees of being Communists. He exaggerates and exploits the evidence and ruins many reputations just as the girls do in the Salem witch trials. The accused, in both cases, are used as scapegoats for society’s problems and the only way to escape direct punishment is to admit to guilt.            Joseph McCarthy and the girls from Salem begin to accuse people of being either Communists or witches to obtain, something they crave, power....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- The salem witch trials were a crucial part of the 1600’s at some point. As many people know, several people were put to death because of the trials. Judge Sewall, being in an important state of power decided what would happen to the people who were being accused. Miraculously, Judge Sewall’s journal was found which contained several entries that involved the Salem witch trials. In Judge Sewall’s apology, he admits his wrong doing of putting an end to the lives of innocent people. Sewall writes that he recognizes his cruel injustices in several ways....   [tags: Salem witch trials, story analysis]

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Salem Witch Trials: Women’s Rights

- Did you know the people who were assumed witches were not always bad. These people had children and families. Yet they were still accused of terrible things and punished in the worst ways. The people who were usually accused were women. The age did not really matter it was more of what they did or did not do. These women did everything for the men in their families but got nothing in return. Salem was not a very good place for women because their purpose was mostly to take care of the children and serve their husbands....   [tags: church of england, forced confesion]

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Extent Inquisition Impacted Witchcraft Trials in Central Europe from 1199 to 1580

- Section A- Plan of Investigation Thesis: To what extent did the Inquisition impact witchcraft trials in the region of Central Europe from 1199 to 1580. This investigations seeks to evaluate the Inquisition in full but not limited to the effect on heresy, heretics, witches, and witchcraft. The sources used for this research investigation are the three written sources with secondary and primary material, which are listed as follows, Witchcraft by Robert Hart, Witches and Witchcraft Jeremy Kingston, and Witchcraft in Europe 400-1700 by Alan Charles Kors and Edward Peters....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Twelve Angry Men and the Jurors of The Kevorkian Trials

- “I can’t Function as a human being… I want the right to die,” pleaded Sherry Miller, patient of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the famous “Death Doctor” (Chermak 107). The entitlement to commit suicide was never a problem, that is until it was challenged by Dr. Jack Kevorkian. Kevorkian was born in Pontiac, Michigan in 1928 (Chermak 101). His infatuation with death started when his mother died from cancer. Kevorkian wanted to find an easier way to help people carry out their death wishes; therefore, his solution was a suicide machine (Chermak 103)....   [tags: complicated trials, suicide, innocents]

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The Scottsboro Trials and To Kill A Mockingbird

- The Scottsboro Trial and the trial of Tom Robinson are almost identical in the forms of bias shown and the accusers that were persecuted. The bias is obvious and is shown throughout both cases, which took place in the same time period. Common parallels are seen through the time period that both trials have taken place in and those who were persecuted and why they were persecuted in the first place. The thought of "All blacks were liars, and all blacks are wrongdoers," was a major part of all of these trails....   [tags: Scottsboro Trials]

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Salem Witch Trials

- Dearest James, It has been a long time since we have talked. I hope you and your family are well in Jamestown, give your parents my best wishes, and tell your sister hello for me. I am writing to you in hopes that this will not be my last letter; for everything has gone to pieces in Salem. It all started when Faith and I decided one night to meet out in the field and play games in the moonlight. We meant no harm by it; we only thought it might be a bit fun to do something different. We never thought anyone would see us....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Truth About Witchcraft Today by Scott Cunningham

- This is a paper written about my impression of “The Truth About Witchcraft Today” by Scott Cunningham. To explain my commentaries I have to state a something about myself that you don’t really care to know. I have been introduced to Wicca before, know many wiccans and sometimes considerer myself a wiccan. But after reading this the most I could call myself would be “Non-practicing Wiccan” I hold wiccan beliefs to my heart but have never tried to perform an act of magic, nor do I hold the sabbats and esbats special....   [tags: Wicca Witchcraft]

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Witchcraft in Early North America

- The thought of magic, witches, and sorcery to be fact is seen as preposterous in modern America. Coincidence is accepted as such and accusations of possession and bewitchment is extinct. When North America was first colonized by Europeans, however, the fear of magic and the like was all too real. Alison Games’s “Witchcraft in Early North America” describes the effects of the Europeans’ on the Native Americans and vice versa. As decades progressed, the ideas on witchcraft of the Spanish and British changed as well....   [tags: magic, theology, christianity]

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- Beginning in the Middle Ages and through the seventeenth centuries, an infiltration of witchcraft persevered throughout Europe. The witch craze resulted in the torture and persecution of witches. More than 100,000 of witches who were tried were centered in the area of southwestern Europe. The mass hysteria of witches was denounced because of their rejection of God and their pact with the devil, which resulted in harsh punishments and accusations. One reason for the persecution of witches was they were thought to be the cause of bad harvests, epidemics, natural disasters, and personal tragedies....   [tags: European History, Middle Ages, Witches]

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Modern Witchcraft

- Modern Witchcraft Magical Manipulation Many witches do not believe in spirits, and most if not all reject belief in a literal Devil or demons. Naturally, therefore, they reject the idea that sorcery and divination are accomplished by the agency of evil spirits. Many offer naturalistic explanations for the working of magic and divination and other "psychic technologies." On the whole, the occult community today has expanded its definition of "the natural" to incorporate elements that were earlier considered supernatural, placing them in the category of the super- or paranormal instead....   [tags: Witchcraft Witches Magic Essays]

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Gideon’s Freedom in Doris Lessing’s No Witchcraft For Sale

- Gideon’s Freedom in  Doris Lessing’s No Witchcraft For Sale Dr. Gosby’s Comments: This student did an excellent job of applying the ideas we discussed in class relating to the obedience to authority When Europeans moved into the bush of Southern Africa and realized that they were hopelessly outnumbered, they had to develop ways to create and maintain their authority over the native population. They had tremendous advantages in the obvious areas, as author Jared Diamond writes in his Pulitzer Prize winning book: The proximate reasons behind the outcome of Africa’s collision with Europe are clear....   [tags: No Witchcraft Sale]

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Witchcraft and Witch-Hunting Theories

- The Issue on discussion here is the different theories on why the witch-hunts took place. This is a topic that has a lot of different views and opinions. It is doubtful we will ever truly understand the exact reasons but historians can make educated and logical conclusions based on supporting information and evidence. Not all ideas have as much evidence as others and some theories have pretty much been ignored or disproved. Hester‘s ideas in “Patriarchal Reconstruction and Witch Hunting” takes the feminist attitude and relies on the theory of Misogyny to explain what the possible reasons behind the witch-hunts were....   [tags: Religion]

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The Witch Trials

- In the three documents, “Bull Summis desiderantes” written by Innocent VIII, “The Ant Hill ”, written by Johannes Nider and Extracts from “The hammer of witches” written by Malleus Maleficarum, regarding the hunting of witches, the beliefs of witchcraft and the trail process for those accused of witchcraft all show a great deal of evidence that those accused of witchcraft had no chance at a fair trial. In the document, “Bull Summis desiderantes” written by Innocent VIII, sheds light on how the catholic faith viewed those whom were thought to be practicing witchcraft....   [tags: Bull Summis desiderantes, The Ant Hill]

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the decline of witchcraft prosecution in the 17th-18th centuries

- Throughout the late 17th century and into the early 18th century witchcraft prosecutions had been declining. This trend was the result of a multitude of social developments which altered the mentality of society. One of the predominant factors in this decline was the Scientific Revolution, the most important effect of these advances was making society question concepts of witchcraft. Along with this new mental outlook, we see that the Reformation had a similar effect on social opinion concerning witchcraft and magic....   [tags: Biblical Literalism, Scientific Revolution]

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Power in Salem and The Crucible

- “He who has great power should use it lightly.” - Lucius Annaeus Seneca. Power in Salem grew in 1962 at the start of the Salem Witch trials. Two people started to abuse there power. One, Ms. Abigail Williams. Two, Ms. Mary Warren. Three, Deputy Governor Danforth. Why do they abuses there power in the court. The power that Abigail Williams has on the town, maybe fatal. Abigail plays a very important role in the crucible. In fact it is likely with out her it would not exist....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Greed in Salem: The Crucible

- Greed in Salem The destructive force that the play showcases the most is greed because the town of Salem is destroyed, and many people are hanged. Greed is a major part of the story and is shown throughout the play by many different characters. The people of Salem are affected and the town is eventually destroyed because of the selfish acts resulting from greed. The minister, Reverend Parris, is an excellent example of greed. Reverend Parris says, “Man don’t a minister deserve a house to live in” (Miller 1250)....   [tags: Arthur Miller plays, theme analysis]

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Authoritative Struggles in Salem

- “Nothing strengthens authority as much as silence” (Leonardo Da-Vince). In Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible, there were several problems that led to the downfall and corruption in the town of Salem. The biggest problem was with Reverend Paris and how much he struggled with his authority in the town as a man of god. The reader must understand that although Reverend Paris is supposed to be a man of god he abuses his power to control the church, protect his reputation, and focus too much on material possessions....   [tags: Arthur Miller's The Crucible]

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Witchcraft as an Essential Female Crime

- Witchcraft as an Essential Female Crime How far do these sources support the idea that witchcraft was an essentially female crime. All the sources support the idea that witchcraft was essentially a female crime but some to a lesser extent. However there is one exception, source 10, which states that in some countries for example Russia, Estonia and Scandanavian countries, the prosecution of men was nearly on par with women....   [tags: Papers]

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